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NBA DFS Picks: Top targets to consider on DraftKings for Dec. 9

PG heads back to where it all began in Indiana on Monday night’s nine-game slate. We take a look at some players to start your lineups with at each position.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George works for a shot against Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

There are nine games on Monday’s main slate on DraftKings and there are plenty of big name stud players to choose from tonight. We don’t really have too many high-profile games to target, but that’s fine in terms of DFS, right? We don’t care what kind of basketball it is so long as there’s plenty of scoring. It is worth mentioning we have the Bucks on a 14-game winning streak going up against the Magic. Plus a couple of injuries to track, most notably Kawhi Leonard, Gordon Hayward and Ja Morant. Let’s dive into some fantasy basketball picks at each position for tonight on DraftKings.

Point Guard

D’Angelo Russell, GSW vs. MEM, $7,700Russell is one week returned from a thumb injury that held him out for a few weeks. He hasn’t shown much in two games back, but his minutes have increased and his usage rate is where we want it to be. This matchup is tasty for D’Lo and the Dubs against the Grizzlies, who allow 117 points per game and opponents to shoot 37.6% from long range. I think Russell is a decent GPP target in hopes he finds his game.

Other Options: Jrue Holiday, NOP vs. DET, $7,100; Derrick Rose, DET at NOP, $5,600

Shooting Guard

Buddy Hield, SAC at HOU, $7,100 — There are a ton of good mid-range plays at SG on this slate, but Hield stands out given his recently production and matchup. The Rockets play at the second fastest pace and have the third highest offensive rating. Hield has played at least 34 minutes in eight straight games and his usage rate is hovering around 25-30% in each contest. Meanwhile, his price is fairly low, so I don’t mind Hield in cash games or tournaments.

Other Options: James Harden, HOU vs. SAC, $12,000; Jaylen Brown, BOS vs. CLE, $6,900

Small Forward

Paul George, LAC at IND, $7,800 — PG-13 has already said he’s playing tonight, but we don’t know if Kawhi Leonard will rest or not. If Kawhi sits, PG is a top GPP play in my eyes. He’d see upward of 30% usage and likely would need to play 30+ minutes against a tough opponent on the road. That’s why we’re talking tournaments here. It’s also been so long people forget this is a homecoming in Indiana for George, who played the first seven seasons of his career for the Pacers. You know I love narratives.

Other Options: Kelly Oubre, PHX vs. MIN, $6,700; Luke Kennard, DET at NOP, $5,500

Power Forward

Pascal Siakam, TOR at CHI, $7,900 — The Bulls are a dumpster fire and the Raptors need to bounce back after a rough loss to the 76ers on Sunday. Spicy P is due for a bounce back as well; he’s only topped 50 DKFP once in his past seven games. Still, he’s seeing big minutes and usage and Fred VanVleet (knee) may be out tonight. I think a double-double floor should be easy for Siakam to obtain vs. the Bulls.

Other Options: Domantas Sabonis, IND vs. LAC, $7,800; Jaren Jackson Jr., MEM at GSW, $6,300

Center

Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN at PHX, $9,300 — The Suns aren’t a great rebounding team and while KAT has been dealing with a knee injury, I think this is a great spot for him. His price is way down after hovering well over $10K the past two weeks or so. Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague are also dealing with injuries, so if Teague or Wiggins sits, KAT is in a huge GPP spot. I also don’t mind him much in cash games given the discounted price.

Other Options: Jonas Valanciunas, MEM at GSW, $7,100; Tristan Thompson, CLE at BOS, $6,000